Engine Rebuilding

Durability and longevity

Over 70,000 Allison V-1710 engines were built during World War Two.

A view of an Allison aircraft engine showing accessories and connections. Over 70,000 Allison V-1710 engines were built during World War Two.

Building the power plant for a warbird was only the beginning. Properly maintained, the Allison engine could run almost forever. Many engines are still running today, powering boats, stretch dragsters, tractors, or just on stands to be fired up at air shows. Many more are flying immaculately restored warbirds. 

The superb engineering and design of the Allison engine gave it durability and longevity. During the war, RAAF managed to get an average 1,500 hours of flying time out of each Allison engine, three times that of the British designed Rolls-Royce Merlin.  While the Rolls Royce Merlin engine had many more parts, took longer to overhaul and needed overhauls more often, comparisons are unfair as the Merlin had a two stage supercharger, allowing it to operate at the heights needed in the European theatre.

After overhaul, the engines were tested at the heritage-listed Testing Stands now part of TradeCoast Central Heritage Park. 

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